The MG brand will make an electric return to the Irish market this month, with a family friendly range of electric and plug-in hybrid cars. Under the stewardship of the very experienced Frank Keane Group, the reintroduction of MG to the Irish car-park adds a real ray of sunshine to 2021, in the aftermath of the gloom of 2020.
Owned by SAIC Motor Corporation, a Chinese state-owned company, the MG brand has been around since 1924. It now has some serious momentum behind it, which will be reflected in the range it offers and the price it asks.
The first MG ZS EVs are already in Ireland for immediate sale. This will be followed by the All New MG5 EV Sportwagon and MG HS Plug-in Hybrid Midsize SUV, both of which will be on sale in the coming months.
Coming with five-star Euro NCAP safety, with high levels of technology and a seven-year warranty, MG ZS EV is priced from €28,995, and seeks to be a real option for private, fleet, and corporate customers across the country.
Gerard Rice, Managing Director, MG Motor Ireland, stated: “We are excited to be appointed as the distributor partner for MG Motor in Ireland for their range of electric vehicles. MG is the fastest growing mainstream car brand in the UK in 2020 and is growing rapidly across Europe with sales already in full flow in a number of markets and other countries will follow very soon. We are currently working hard to select the MG Motor retailers for the Irish market to join us on this exciting and electric journey”.
MG will initially be sold through six appointed dealerships in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Tipperary. A number of the Dealers are very recognisable names and have a long heritage within the motor industry in Ireland, a real statement of intent for the MG brand.
The MG ZS EV and the MG HS Plug-in Hybrid EV will debut in all showrooms in December.
MG ZS EV
The MG ZS EV, compact SUV Crossover, comes with a range of 263km.
· Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist
· Active Emergency Braking
· Intelligent High Beam Assist
· Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available through the 8” Touchscreen Display that also incorporates the In-car Navigation system
MG ZS EV Excite
Clever design details like the toggle switches and rotary dial are used for operation of the EV drive modes. This specification is standard across all grades with prices starting from just €28,995 for the MG ZS EV Excite.
MG ZS EV Exclusive
To upgrade to the MG ZS EV Exclusive will cost an additional €3,000 with prices starting from €31,995. In addition to the equipment on the Excite, the Exclusive trim includes:
· Leather Style Seat Upholstery
· Heated Front Seats
· Power Adjustable Driver’s Seat
· Panoramic Sunroof. MG MOTOR IRELAND
MG HS Plug-in Hybrid EV
The MG HS Plug-in Hybrid EV, is a mid-sized, 5-seat, family SUV, with luggage capacity of 448-litres.
In pure EV mode the HS PHEV has a 52km driving range from a 90kW Electric Motor, which can suit the daily driving needs of many drivers. A full recharge is available in three hours.
The MG HS also includes the MG Pilot suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and boasts generous levels of standard equipment, such as:
· Power Adjustable & Heated Driver’s Seat
· Rear Cross Traffic Alert
· 360-degree Camera
· Digital Drivers Information Display in addition to a 10.1" Colour Touchscreen Infotainment System
Pricing for the HS Plug-in Hybrid EV range starts from only €33,150 for delivery in early 2021.
MG5 EV Sportwagon
The MG5 EV Sportwagon will be available from early 2021 and boasts an EV driving range of 345km and luggage capacity of 578 litres (loaded to the roof), rising to 1,456 litres with the rear seats folded.
All new MGs are built with high-quality components and are backed by a comprehensive manufacturer’s 7-year warranty.